"Walk By Faith, Not By Sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7
This article touches on sexism within today’s society and the credibility attributed to women’s speech. While I am not a feminist, nor do I particularly follow articles and movements on sexism, I found much of this article to be true in recent situations I have encountered.
For example, the other day I had a job interview that consisted of two male interviewers and one female interviewer. Though I could tell that the female wanted to speak to me personally regarding the position (I would be taking over her position), she did not speak up much with any questions or concerns. The boss, being male, however, not only asked questions, but when I went on to explain my answers and respond to a comment he made, he would cut me off. At first, I thought that I wasn’t doing well with the interview, that maybe I was talking too much about me, but isn’t that what an interview is supposed to be? Aren’t you suppose to ‘sell’ yourself to the employer? By essentially selling yourself, you have to speak up and say why you would be good for the job. Instead, the employer, though very friendly and enjoyable to talk to, kept on making wise cracks about some of my responses. I thought that he might have been just a silly, older gentleman, with a kind and joking heart, but again, isn’t an interview supposed to be promotional?
Likewise, my boyfriend and I had a discussion that same day about the classification of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven. I have not yet read it, but I stated what my understanding of it was. Before I could explain myself further, though, Josh went off about how it didn’t make sense and how being an English major was pointless if that was the knowledge I was using. I didn’t get a chance to back up my response. When I finally was able to get a word in edge-wise, I stated what I was trying to say, putting emphasis on my specialty in English (not being literature), and therefore, would have to do the research to have a true and final answer, but how what he said was unfair and hurtful, just because he thought he was right before I could say anything further.
Now I know that not all men fit a certain stereotype, because it is just that: a stereotype. However, I have found that men tend to be very stubborn, and I think that attributes to their dominance-like attitude when speaking over women. They don’t like to be wrong. Nobody likes to be. However, women tend to be more passive instead of aggressive when it comes to conflict. Men will tell each other if something is not cool, fight it out, and then bro it out, if you will. Women go through a deep analysis before making a move when conflict arises, because we tend to not want to hurt anyone or have to deal with the consequences of conflict.
In response to the dominance within religious associations, I believe that male dominance is biblically-based and rightly so. The bible states that man came first and was created to rule over all living beings, giving names to each animal. However, being not fully completed, God made woman as a companion. In Genesis 3, man fell to sin because Eve first ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which was forbidden, convincing her husband to do the same. As a result, God punished man and woman alike, saying to Eve,
To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Therefore, man is bibically supposed to rule over woman, however this does not mean that woman are not given important tasks or dominance. However, man also represents the foundation, meaning that in a union between himself and his bride, he represents God and the woman represents the church. God has dominance over the church and takes care of it, nurturing it, and encouraging the church, loving all. That is what a husband’s job is within an union. Marriage is representational of God’s love for the church. Ephesians 5: 21-33 says,